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Fernand Arsanios leaves Gide for Reed Smith

Strengthens the firm's European leveraged finance team

6 July 2015

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International law firm Reed Smith has appointed Fernand Arsanios to its financial industry group in Paris.

The recruitment of the former Gide Loyrette Nouel partner forms part of Reed Smith's efforts to bolster its European finance practice.

In June, the firm launched its Frankfurt office with the recruitment of finance partners Dirk-Peter Flor, Dr Simon Grieser and Dr Volker Kammel.

In the past three years, the firm has added 29 financial services partners to its London, Paris, Munich and Frankfurt offices.

"Our ambition for our global finance practice is to build on this success, uniting our lawyers across the United States, Europe and Asia to provide a seamless service to our clients," said Tamara Box, global chair of the financial industry group.

Arsanios has advised on financing structures and debt restructuring operations, with a particular focus on leveraged finance transactions.

Reed Smith now has six partners across Europe focusing on mid and upper-market leveraged finance transactions.

"The presence of international credit funds for French leveraged finance transactions, has led to an increasing trend towards the use of English and NY cov-loose style financings," said counsel Monica Dupont-Barton.

"Our domestic French and international clients are increasingly looking to us for advice in this area."

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